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Master of Public Health - HLM101

Course Code: HLM101
Course Version: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Public Health
UAC Code: 880735
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.5.


This degree in Public Health delivers a model of postgraduate public health training which aims to draw participants from a range of disciplines and offer a flexible program to meet the needs and interests of students.

The program takes a broad ecological approach highlighting the interdependence between human health and ecosystems. As such, the program acknowledges the complexity and interrelatedness of contemporary and emerging public health concerns.

The program reflects the need for an interdisciplinary public health workforce with a broad range of primary skills plus specialised skills which extend beyond the traditional biomedical boundary. As such, this will be a unique approach to public health training in Australia. The program builds on the current strengths of the University.

Program Description
The Master of Public Health prepares graduates to work in a wide variety of fields by drawing on a broad range of courses across public health, environmental health, land use and urban planning, sociology, community development, health management, health promotion and international development. Students may come from a range of backgrounds and the degree can be tailored to meet the interest and needs of students.

This interdisciplinary degree has a focus on the ecological model of public health that emphasises and analyses the important interactions between the social, biological, economic and environmental determinants of human health in an ecological framework. The program equips students with skills and knowledge in assessment and management of health hazards and in the development of health promoting and sustaining environments and prepares students to bridge between professions to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary public and environmental health problems.

The program prepares students to undertake the core elements of public health in addition to understanding the multiple systems in which public health is central to operations.


Prospective Domestic Students:
Email or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Current and Commencing Students:
Email or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

A completed bachelor degree.

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.

Assumed Knowledge

Students are expected to have basic competency in understanding of bio-statistical concepts.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 2

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 $21,000 $30,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Learning outcomes for the Graduate Certificate in Ecological Public Health:

- Students will have a critical understanding of research methods in public health from an ecological perspective; and
- Students will have an understanding of ecological public health and its application to real world problems.
- Students will have entry levels skills to work in public health; and
- Students will be able to review public health issues from an ecological perspective.
Learning outcomes for the Graduate Diploma in Ecological Public Health, in addition to the above:

- Students will have a critical understanding of public health methods and their application;
- Students will have an understanding of public health practice in the global setting; and
- Students will be able to critically analyse public health problems and develop solutions using an ecological perspective.
- think globally about issues in their profession;
- understand issues in their profession; and
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives from the perspective of other cultures.
Learning outcomes for the Master of Public Health in addition to the above:

Graduates of the Master Degree of Public Health will be able to:

- demonstrate specialised knowledge and skills in the practice of ecological public health;
- demonstrate advanced understanding of the complex body of knowledge associated with contemporary and emerging local and global public health concerns;
- demonstrate specialised skills to critically analyse, synthesise, and interpret public health information;
-demonstrate an advanced body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments and skills of research principles and methods applicable to ecological public health;
- demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in interdisciplinary approaches to public health concerns with a broad range of partners;
- cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship;
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice;
- the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability; and
- to plan and execute a substantial research based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
Graduates of a Master Degree of Public Health will be able to:

- think globally about issues in their profession;
- adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries;
- employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills;
- adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas;
- evaluate and adopt new technology;
- use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems;
- work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict;
- display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload;
-understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures;
-communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings;
- make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives;
- behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives; and
- reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development.

Course Duration

An accelerated study plan is recommended over three semesters and winter term full-time or part-time equivalent. Based on a standard full time study plan, standard 1.5 years full time or part time equivalent. Maximum 6 years.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Alternative Exits: Graduate Diploma in Public Health Must have completed 24 credit points. Contact the Faculty for specific unit details. Graduate Certificate in Public Health Must have completed 12 credit points. Contact the Faculty for specific unit details.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2019 NO NO


  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Mixed Mode

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